“Bound to fail.” “Impossible.” “Can’t be done.” The first of many times Nadya Bliss heard these phrases was when she was a 5-year-old trying out for ballet in the former Soviet Union. These same phrases are used to describe many of the current seemingly-unsolvable “wicked” problems, ranging from information security to the spread of infectious disease. Bliss is not deterred by these nor the claim that these problems are too complicated to solve.
As the director of Arizona State University’s Global Security Initiative, she is resolved to tackling these “wicked” problems. To do so effectively, she suggests embracing complexity, not rejecting it out of fear of failure, and integrating understanding from a broad range of fields and disciplines.
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